Meet the new, fast, and better-looking Facebook Messenger app for Windows 11

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  • A new beta version of the Facebook Messenger app is available on Windows 10 and Windows 11. 
  • The new app has undergone major updates as it tries to move away from using the open-source React Native framework.
  • The new app features some bug fixes, performance boosts, and interface changes.
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Facebook Messenger has arrived on Windows 11 and is bigger and better. The app has received a massive performance boost alongside some bug fixes and a facelift.

Of late, various app updates have been revamping their looks to match the look and feel of Windows 11, and Facebook Messenger has followed suit.

This new update is up to version 1320.11.119.0 and uses the native UWP (Universal Windows Platform) versions instead.

Performance boost

Perhaps the most striking thing about the app is the performance boost. The size of the app has been significantly reduced by a whopping 100 MB alongside a speed boost from code re-write.

The switch to React Native has played an important role in improving the app’s use of system resources which in turn accelerates performance.

You will need to update to the latest version if you are on the beta program if you want to enjoy the improvements.

Analysis of new features

This new update seems to be an answer to what users have been requesting for a long time. On matters of performance, reduced download size, and resource usage, users have their needs fully met.

A new look may be welcomed, but users resonate more with familiarity. This means custom controls being moved and unusual placement confuses the users.

Facebook Messenger is adopting native UWP controls making it so much easier to use. The elimination of custom controls, in this case, will likely reduce confusion which is a win for both the developer and users.

Do you like the new Facebook Messenger look and its performance boost? Let us know in the comment section.